Jeffrey Duane Ellis

February 7, 1956April 19, 2021

Jeffrey "JD" Duane Ellis, age 65, of Southport passed away on April 19, 2021.

Mr. Ellis was born February 7, 1956 in McAllen, TX to the late Jean von Dohrmann and Harry Ellis. He moved to Portland, OR in 1988 and attended Portland Community College where he studied to be a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager for Sulzer Inc. After 30 years Jeff retired from Sulzer and relocated to Southport, North Carolina where he opened LaPolena Bed & Breakfast in 2018. Jeff was also the Shipping & Receiving Supervisor at Bald Head Island Ltd LLC for the Warehouse and Barge operations.

He met the love of his life, Suzanne Foster in 2010, created a union in 2012 and combined their families. Jeff is survived by his wife, Suzanne, his daughter, Kara Makris of Pensacola, FL, son, Jack Ellis of Portland, OR, a step son, PO2 Madison Huss of Whidbey Island, WA, a step daughter, Myzanne Huss of Arcata, CA and two grandchildren, Braden and Kaela Makris. Jeff is also survived by a brother, Bradley Ellis of Cross Plains, TX, a sister, Susan (Paul) Skvorc of Wasilla, AK, and two step sisters, Becky (Barry) Darden of Spring Hill, FL, and Vicki (Jim) Mains of Houston, TX.

Jeff served his country and was a proud Navy veteran. He also loved adventure and living life to the fullest! He was an avid boater who was happiest piloting for Nautical Hosting, LLC along the Cape Fear River and ICW. Jeff was an active member of America's Boating Club. In Portland, he had two boats and displayed his Bayliner along the waterways in the Christmas Ship Parade. In Southport, he displayed his Carver for the 2020 Flotilla. Jeff's volunteer work included being a First Responder which he once selflessly rushed to help a baby in an overturned car and had his legs ran over by another vehicle. The baby was pulled from the SUV and Jeff handed him to his mother with a smile and hugged them both. Adopt A Highway was another passion. In Portland he led the group for Sulzer and after moving to Southport, he adopted a section of Hwy 133 in the name of LaPolena B&B. Jeff had recently pursued flying and was in the process of getting his pilots license when he became ill. Above all, Jeff was a biker. He proudly rode all 125,000 miles on this Harley soft tail and also had a Road Glide named "Geezer." When he and Suzanne moved to Southport, they enjoyed six weeks on the road riding their Harleys to the tune of 8,000 miles.

Jeff's sobriety was an active part of his life. Celebrating his sobriety birthday was more important than his "belly button birthday." Jeff celebrated 34 sober birthdays. He continued to attend meetings weekly saying, "if us old timers don't go, how will the newly sober know the program works?"

A Celebration of Life will be held in Southport, NC at LaPolena B&B on Saturday, June 12th at 4:30pm

All veterans are encouraged to wear their service covers. All bikers will be welcomed to park in front of the Inn.

A Memorial Ride will be on Sunday, June 13th beginning at LaPolena B&B. Kickstands up at 9:00 am.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Lake Oswego, OR at Foothills Park at the Pavilion on Friday, July 16th at 1:00pm

All veterans are encouraged to wear their service covers. All bikers are encouraged to ride in.

A Memorial Ride will be on Saturday, July 17th beginning from Paradise Harley in Beaverton. Kickstands up at 9:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations made in Jeff's honor to Camel 24 Club, POB 235, Oak Island, NC 28465


12 June

Celebration of Life

4:30 pm

LaPolena B&B

Southport, NC


Jeffrey Duane Ellis

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Nancy Dashner

May 1, 2021

I so enjoyed chatting with JD about pretty much anything. He was a wonderfully interesting man, with a good heart. He truly lived his life.
Much love and prayers, I send your way.

Wayne Krietz

April 23, 2021

We didn't know each other well but I counted you as my brother. I enjoyed our few times when we got out to ride, and missed you guys when you moved back east.
You will be missed by those that had the privilege to know you. My thoughts and prayers go out to your children and Suzanne.

Wayne Krietz

Sandy Manemann

April 21, 2021

The things I remember most about Jeff, way back when we were in our teens, was his affable demeanor, his easy-going attitude, and his generous character. He almost always had a smile on his face and seemed to know no stranger. We all (me, Bob C., Randy B., and others) worked at Crafts Gulf Station and ran the streets all over Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and St. Andrews. He even trusted me take care of his prized Mustang when he went off to Navy boot camp. One of a kind, no doubt, and I am so sorry for Susan and the rest of his family for their loss.

Dave Anderson

April 21, 2021

I haven't known JD long but have shared memorable times playing Gilligan to his Skipper on his Carver, eating dinner with him and Suzanne, or enjoying conversation with such an upstanding man.

Rest Your Oars Sailor, we have the watch. Fair winds and following seas as you can now live pain free. St Peter pipe JD ashore. Our watch commences as we'll look after your loved ones as we can!

Nancy Jette

April 21, 2021

While we had different views on some things we certainly agreed on our love for riding. The last trip we all took back in 2010 with the club was a blast and one I’ll never forget. R.I.P. my friend, we all will be riding again together soon.